Twenty-six authors trade Tiny Dancer’s California- blessed lyrics for the shadowed recesses of stages large and small in From Stage Door Shadows, a speculative fiction homage to the darkness just beyond the limelight of the entertainment industry.
The stories re-introduce the women Benny Taupin wrote about and Elton John sang about: blue jean baby, LA lady, the band’s seamstress, the music man’s wife and the girl dancing in the sand, along with a stellar cast of musicians, singers, thespians, fans, managers, dancers, DJs, magicians, talent show contestants, stars and has-beens.
From vaudeville to opera, piano bar and street corner, hotel suite and beauty pageant, From Stage Door Shadows is a backstage pass to where dreams of fame, fortune and fulfillment live and die in a heartbeat.
The third Literary Mix Tape that I am involved in is due for release on the 29th of September. From Stage Door Shadows features twenty-six original short fiction stories, all speculative in nature, and based on lyrics from Elton Johns’ “Tiny Dancer”. The paperback will retail for $19.99 and the ebook for $4.99 (the paperback is bundled with an ebook version, how awesome is that!?) Pre-orders are open NOW from the link above for $12.99 plus postage.
If you happen to be in Canberra on the 29th, the anthology is launching at Smith Alternate Bookstore as part of Conflux 8. I would love to be there but sadly, not going to happen!
I’m thrilled to share an anthology with some amazing writers. The author list is as follows: Sam Adamson, Joanne Anderton, Cath Barton, Alan Baxter, Jessica Bell, Jodi Cleghorn, Janette Dalgliesh, Rebecca L. Dobbie, J.M. Donellan, Tom Dullemond, Laura Eno, Emma Kerry, Lisamarie Lamb, Len Lambert, Clive Martyn, Monica Marier, Andrew J. McKiernan, Laura Meyer, Theresa Milstein, Jennifer Muirhead, Melanie Saward, Graham Storrs, Rus VanWestervelt, Devin Watson and Daniel Wynne. And me.
My story, “White Poppy Serenade”, is dark, and has very nasty elements, but ultimately is redemptive in nature. My previous Literary Mix Tape contributions were both about vengeance, but I knew from the opening scene of “White Poppy Serenade” that even though it would be a dirty ride I wanted it to be about redemption. This is one of very few stories that was inspired by a piece of music (other than my “Tiny Dancer” lyric of course! Which was, by the way, ‘lying here with no one near’). Delibes’ “Flower Duet” provided the atmosphere to the first scene. Add in a broken porn star and a man who needs to help, and you have “White Poppy Serenade”.
There are some fantastic stories in this anthology (I’m proofreading the galley at the moment, so I am not making that up!) I’m so proud to be a part of it. Help support emerging writers (most of us are Australian too) and indie press by pre-ordering a copy. And leave a review when you’ve read it!